Be part of the Plan!

The Blueprint for Better Bicycling is a community-built action plan to double the number of bike trips in and around Ithaca. To get there, the project will engage residents in and around Ithaca to identify barriers to biking and ways to address them. Let's make bicycling a safe, comfortable, and convenient way to get around town.

Grandmother and grandchild bike at Streets Alive!

80% of residents in Ithaca believe biking is part of the transportation mix in and around Ithaca.

2018 Ithaca Bicycle Use and Attitudes Survey


Why Focus on Bikes?

Biking at Stewart Park

Community Health
 

Bicycling is a low-impact exercise for any age that can be weaved into every day life as you move around town.

Bike Carshare Bus

Carbon Emissions

Transportation is the second biggest contributor to your carbon footprint; using a bicycle for short trips reduces carbon dioxide and other emissions.

Bike Parking at Farmers Market

Economic Vitality

To attract and retain talent and tourists, our bicycle amenities must be competitive to other cities such as Buffalo, Burlington, and Syracuse.

Young girl and senior woman biking

Access to Opportunities

Bicycling opens up the city to people of all ages and incomes for trips that are too long to walk but too short for transit to serve well.

Cayuga St Bike Lane

Traffic

Bicycling is space-efficient and a great alternative for trips in town, so more people biking means more road space and parking for people who need to drive.


What WE've Learned

GIAC Seniors 2018 recumbent trike. Photo by Edna Brown.

51% of people in and around Ithaca want to bike more often

2018 Ithaca Bicycle Use and Attitudes Survey (Photo: Edna Brown)

In February/March 2018, Bike Walk Tompkins and the Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council commissioned the 2018 Ithaca Bicycle Use and Attitudes Survey. Over 300 randomly-chosen residents were contacted to learn about their current bicycling use, their interest in bicycling, and the challenges they face. The results show that there is a considerable number of people bicycling already, and a majority of people are interested in bicycling more often. Dive deep into the results by downloading the survey report.


Tell Us What You Think

Southside Feedback

We need your experiences and ideas to inform this project. Participate in the project by learning about the current status of bicycling in Ithaca and completing the feedback form for the project. You could win a $50 Wegmans gift card!